Inland Empire Shootout Schedule for basketball

This Friday and Saturday, Eisenhower High is hosting the Inland Empire Shootout, a two-day showcase event for mostly boys teams, but also one girls game.
The schedule:
Friday, Jan. 4
Corona Santiago vs. Eisenhower (girls), 4 p.m.
Summit vs. Miller (boys), 5:30 p.m.
Riverside M.L. King vs. Eisenhower (boys), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 5
Moreno Valley Canyon Springs vs. Cajon (boys), noon
Citrus Valley vs. Carter (boys), 1:30 p.m.
Miller vs. Rialto (boys), 3 p.m.
Long Beach St. Anthony vs. Chino HIlls (boys), 4:30 p.m.
Damien vs. Eisenhower (boys), 6 p.m.
Etiwanda vs. Riverside M.L. King (boys), 7:30 p.m.

How/why Eisenhower beat Redlands

Here are some thoughts as to why Eisenhower beat Redlands 14-7 on Thursday, claiming a share of the Citrus Belt League title, Eisenhower’s first CBL title since 2002.

  1. Turnovers. Redlands turned the ball over 3 times, Eisenhower none. Redlands’ first turnover, when Jerrion Burton intercepted a Jimmy Walker pass in the first quarter, led to the first Eisenhower touchdown after Burton returned it to the Redlands 49. The third turnover was an interception by Niguel Lee of a Walker pass in the end zone in the third quarter. Eisenhower scored on the next drive to take the lead for good. Continue reading

Schedules for county teams at Mater Dei’s upcoming Nike Extravaganza

Some of the county’s best basketball teams are playing in one-day events the next two weekends: Jan. 28 at the SoCal Shootout at Azusa Pacific University and Feb. 3-4 in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei.

I don’t have the SoCal Shootout Schedule yet, but here is the one for Mater Dei:

Friday Feb. 3
3:00pm Fairmont Prep (Boys) vs Laguna Blanca (Boys)
4:30pm Rialto (Girls) vs Rosary (Girls)
6:00pm Orange Lutheran (Girls) vs Oaks Christian (Girls)
7:30pm Mater Dei (Boys) vs St. John Bosco (Boys)
9:00pm Mater Dei (Girls) vs Winward (Girls)

Saturday, Feb. 4
Boys Morning Session
9:00am Upland vs Los Alamitos
10:20am Colony vs JSerra
11:40am Ocean View vs Mission Viejo

Boys Evening Session
1:30pm Fairfax vs Eisenhower
3:00pm Westchester vs Capistrano Valley
4:30pm Taft vs Loyola
6:00pm Long Beach Poly vs Orange Lutheran
7:30pm Mater Dei vs La Verne Lutheran
9:00pm Bishop Gorman vs Whitney Young (IL)

Boys basketball playoff pairings

The highest county seed is actually Redlands Adventist Academy, which is the No. 3 seed in Division 6-AA. Etiwanda is the leader of the bigger schools, grabbing the No. 4 seed in Division 1-AA, three spots ahead of two-time D2-A champion Eisenhower.

Division 1-AA
First Round (Wednesday)
Corona Santiago at No. 1 Long Beach Poly
No. 16 Los Osos at Knight
No. 10 Roosevelt at Perris
Redlands at No. 8 Montebello
Corona at No. 5 Murrieta Valley
Oxnard at No. 12 Valencia
Leuzinger at No. 13 Chino Hills
Long Beach Wilson at No. 4 Etiwanda
Great Oak at No. 3 Corona Centennial
Lynwood at No. 14 Los Alamitos
Santa Monica at No. 11 Upland
Trabuco Hills at No. 6 Pasadena
Chaparral at No. 7 Eisenhower
Lakewood at No. 9 Thousand Oaks
Bell Gardens at No. 15 Rancho Verde
Rancho Cucamonga at No. 2 Mater Dei

Division 1-A
First Round (Wednesday)
No. 1 Loyola, bye
Arcadia at No. 16 Highland
Rialto at No. 9 Montclair
Santa Fe at No. 8 El Toro
Dana Hills at No. 5 Redlands East Valley
Diamond Bar at No. 12 Cajon
No. 13 Fountain Valley at California
No. 4 Downey, bye
West Covina at No. 3 Capistrano Valley
No. 14 San Clemente at El Rancho
No. 11 Vista Murrieta at Palmdale
No. 6 Silverado, bye
Quartz Hill at No. 7 Crescenta Valley
No. 10 Tesoro at Walnut
No. 15 Warren at Arroyo Valley
No. 2 Aliso Niguel, bye

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Citrus Belt League playoff scenarios

As per tradition on this blog, the last week brings my team-by-team playoff breakdown. We’ll start in the Citrus Belt League, which turned into a clusterbomb last week with Miller’s upset of Redlands.

1. Redlands East Valley (7-2, 4-0): Have clinched playoff spot. Will win an undisputed league title and get the No. 1 seed with a win Thursday over Miller. A loss to the Rebels puts REV in the No. 2 spot by virtue of losing the head-to-head tiebreaker.

2. Miller (5-4, 3-1): Can clinch a playoff spot and the No. 1 seed with a win Thursday over REV. If the Rebels lose, they need either Redlands or Yucaipa to lose to avoid a coin-flip. A Redlands win over Fontana and Yucaipa loss against Eisenhower gives Miller the No. 2 seed because Miller owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Terriers. A Yucaipa win and a Redlands loss gives Miller the No. 3 seed, as Yucaipa owns the head-to-head tiebreaker. If Miller loses and Redlands and Yucaipa win, a three-way coin flip for two spots happens because each team is 1-1 against the other two (Miller beat Redlands, Redlands beat Yucaipa, Yucaipa beat Miller).

3. Redlands (6-2-1, 2-2): A win and a Miller win clinches a playoff spot for the Terriers no matter what Yucaipa does, as they own the head-to-head tiebreaker with Yucaipa. A a Yucaipa loss also clinches a playoff spot even if Redlands loses due to the head to head tiebreaker. A win, a Yucaipa win and a Miller loss causes the three-way coinflip for two spots. A loss and a Yucaipa win eliminates the Terriers, as there is no at-large playoff spot in the Inland Division.

4. Yucaipa (5-4, 2-2): Yucaipa gets into the playoffs with a win and a Redlands loss. A win, a Redlands loss and a Miller loss would give the Thunderbirds the No. 2 seed because Yucaipa owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Miller. A win, a Miller loss and a Redlands win causes a three-way flip for two spots. A win, a Miller win and a Redlands win eliminates the T-Birds, as they lose the head-to-head with Redlands. A loss in any scenario eliminates Yucaipa.

5. Eisenhower (1-8, 1-3): Eliminated from playoff competition. Could force a three-way tie for third with Redlands and Yucaipa if it beats Yucaipa and Redlands loses, but would lose the tiebreaker to Redlands.

6. Fontana (0-9, 0-4): Eliminated from playoff competition.

Eisenhower to honor boys basketball team

Inland Empire Basketball is having a banquet to honor the Eisenhower boys basketball team’s back-to-back CIF-SS Division 2-A championships on Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Sierra Lakes Golf Club in Fontana. The black-tie-optional event will feature UC Riverside athletic director Stan Morrison will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will celebrate the Eagles’ achievements from the last two years, including their Division II state championship of 2009 and the awarding of the Wooden Award to senior guard Alex Varner.
Entry fee to the event is $30, with checks payable to Inland Empire Basketball.

All-Citrus Belt League boys basketball team

Just got the e-mail on this from Redlands athletic director Ken Morse. The player of the year wasn’t really a surprise, as Eisenhower senior guard Alex Varner – the “closer” in many of Ike’s victories this year – won MVP honors.

As for other leagues in the area, please send all-league basketball and soccer teams to or

Most Valuable Player: Alex Varner, Eisenhower, G, Sr.

Bryan Bock, Eisenhower, Sr.
Kirby Gardner, Eisenhower, Sr.
Bernard Ireland, Eisenhower, Jr.
Darius Batts, Miller, Sr.
Marcus Davis, Redlands, Sr.
Matt Green, Redlands, Sr.
Paulin Mpawe, Redlands East Valley, Jr.
Terrell Todd, Redlands East Valley, Jr.
Jonathan Redman, Rialto, Sr.
Cole Hauso, Yucaipa, Sr.
Taijuan Walker, Yucaipa, Sr.

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Lott to be honored Saturday

Ronnie Lott will be honored at Eisenhower High School as part of their 50th anniversary celebration Saturday, as the Ike football field will be named after the former graduate, who was a Hall of Fame safety for the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders and New York Jets.

Lott will be honored at a ceremony Saturday night and will be one of eight former Ike graduates inducted into the Eisenhower Hall of Fame during a 6:30 p.m. ceremony according to Rialto Unified School District Public Information Office Syeda Jafri. Five of those are athletes, as joining Lott will be current Denver Broncos offensive lineman Ryan Clady, former Green Bay Packers cornerback Craig Newsome, the late David Lang — a former running back for the St. Louis Rams — and former Major League Soccer player Ted Chronopoulous.

Lott to attend stadium-naming ceremony at Ike

Eisenhower High School is recognizing one of its most distinguished athletic graduates on October 17 — the Eagles will be naming their football field after Ronnie Lott according to Ike athletic director Steve Johnson.

The ceremony, which will happen the weekend of Ike’s game with Redlands, is part of the school’s 50th anniversary celebration. Lott — a 1977 Ike graduate, All-American at USC, and NFL Hall of Fame safety for the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders and New York Jets from 1981-94 — is expected to attend the ceremony.

“It’s exciting for the school,” Johnson said. “To have a Hall of Famer like Ronnie come from this school and be willing to come back and celebrate the anniversary for us is something we are pretty happy to be a part of.”

The naming of the stadium will be part of the 50th anniversary extravaganza on Saturday the 17th, the day after the game with Redlands.